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Évora_27 celebrates Europe Day through the intersection of art and science

Évora_27 celebrates Europe Day through the intersection of art and science

The European Capital of Culture Évora_27 celebrates Europe Day, celebrated on 9 May, with a residence that celebrates the shared rocky landscape, which brings European peoples and cultures together.

This is happening in the year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Cromelec dos Almendres and Anta Grande do Zambujero – two of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe, both located in the Alentejo.

Thus, on 9 and 10 May, Évora will receive a group of specialists from the areas of Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites (England) who, together with teams from Évora City Council, the University of Évora and Provera, and through first-hand experience of the area, will reflect on the valorization Memory and cultural heritage, from the perspective of defending and protecting European megaliths.

The stay includes visits to the most important megalithic sites in the region and a preparatory meeting, which will serve as a preamble to an international meeting on petroglyphs, promoted by Évora_27, in partnership with the University of Évora and the Pro-Évora Group and the areas of Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites (England), scheduled to take place on 21 September In the city of Alentejo.

This residency will also encourage the exchange of experiences between the Stonehenge and Évora teams, from an interdisciplinary and reciprocal perspective.

The international meeting on megalithics scheduled for September is part of “Solos para o Sol”, a project led by the Monte da Amorada Association which is part of the cultural and artistic program of Évora_27.

The meeting will bring together archaeologists, philosophers, anthropologists, historians and those interested in the subject in Évora, to think about the future of this European heritage, especially its relationship to “wandering”.

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«The “wandering” deeply rooted in the Alentejo identity, which inspires Évora_27 and transcends all dimensions of initiative, is understood as the full awareness that we, as human beings, are always in relationship with everything that surrounds us. From this awareness, we realize that we are always passing through a layered area where past, present and future are in constant interrelation. Understanding how important “wandering” is to better understand this memory and strengthen the identity of communities is one of the questions that arises.”

The May residency and September conference are part of the “Solos para o Sol” project, a co-production between Évora_27, the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon and other partners, to which several choreographers will be invited to celebrate this rock heritage of Greece. Alentejo, through its relationship with others and with the rising sun.

The premiere will take place in 2027, in four venues associated with European rock heritage.

Europe Day commemorates the Schuman Declaration, which laid the foundations of the current European Union and celebrates peace and unity on the European continent.

Évora_27 European Capital of Culture is promoted by the Évora 2027 association.

The founding members of the Évora 2027 Association are the State, represented by the Ministry of Culture, and the entities that make up the Executive Committee of Évora 2027: the Municipality of Évora, the Regional Tourism Authority of Alentejo, the Regional Coordination and Development Committee of Alentejo, IP; The Inter-Municipal Community of Central Alentejo, the University of Évora, the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, and the Regional Tourism Promotion Agency of Alentejo – Turismo do Alentejo.

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